Is it fare to fork out more for your rail journey?
COMMUTERS using the rail network are being forced to pay out more money due to a rise in ticket prices.
Train users in North East Lincolnshire can now expect to pay around four per cent more for their journey – more than the current rate of inflation which stands at 2.7 per cent.
The changes, which came into effect on Wednesday, will affect passengers on both First TransPennine Express and East Midlands Train services which run from Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
The changes will hit peak time commuters the hardest and a season ticket from Grimsby to Doncaster has gone up from £74 to £77.10, which is a 4.19 per cent increase.
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A Grimsby to Sheffield season ticket has also gone up 4.19 per cent from £76.40 to £79.60 and the same ticket to Manchester Airport has increased from £189.10 to £197 which is a 4.18 per cent increase.
Single priced tickets to the same destinations have also increased by between 3.9 per cent and 4.4 per cent depending on where and when you travel.
First TransPennine Express commercial director Leo Goodwin, said: "Regulated fares on First TransPennine Express rail services have risen in line with the Government set formula of 4.2 per cent.
"Un-regulated fares, including advance purchase tickets, have risen by 3.6 per cent. We are committed to continuing to improve the level of service and value for money we provide.
"From late 2013 we are introducing a £60 million fleet of new trains that will see an increase in capacity of around 30 per cent across our network.
"Our advice to customers seeking the best value fares is always to plan and book your journeys in advance and where possible take advantage of the savings available through season tickets and rail cards."
The cost of a single journey on East Midlands Trains, which operate services to Lincoln, has risen by an average of 52p.
David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains, added: "Railway funding can only come from the taxpayer or from the passenger.
"The government's policy remains that a bigger share must come from people who use the train.
"We know that nobody likes paying more for their travel, especially to get to work.
"That's why we are working hard with the rest of the rail industry to make the system more cost-efficient and help take the pressure off future fare rises.
"At the same time, we are investing in our trains and stations to deliver a better railway for our customers."